Powerful storm knocks out power and trees in Tarkington and Cleveland

Utility poles lean over CR 2285 in the Tarkington area after a strong storm moved through Liberty County on Sunday afternoon.

A powerful storm on Sunday toppled a few trees and caused utility poles to lean precariously over CR 2285 in Tarkington.

According to Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader, there are no confirmed reports of tornadoes from the storm system that passed through Liberty County Sunday afternoon.

“One of our dispatchers saw some reports on social media about a possible tornado, but it’s unconfirmed,” he said.

Liberty County is under a tornado watch until 10 p.m. Sunday.

The storm also knocked out a traffic light at E. Houston and Charles Barker streets near Cleveland High School and took out a tree on E. Houston at Truman near Cleveland Middle School.

The downed lines caused some minor power outages.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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